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2016 International Fire Code
510.1 Emergency responder radio coverage in new buildings. All new buildings shall have approved radio coverage for emergency responders within the building based upon the existing coverage levels of the public safety communication systems of the jurisdiction at the exterior of the building.
510.2 Emergency responder radio coverage in existing buildings. Existing buildings shall be provided with approved radio coverage for emergency responders as required in Chapter 11.
510.5.2 Minimum qualifications of personnel. The mini- mum qualifications of the system designer and lead installation personnel shall include both of the following: A valid FCC-issued general radio operators license. Certification of in-building system training issued by a nationally recognized organization, school or a certificate issued by the manufacturer of the equipment being installed.
Commercial Specialists will soon be able to provide complete system from design to installation in house.
Features & Benefits:
NOTIFIER’s SWIFT wireless mesh is integrated with current ONYX panels to create flexible wired/wireless intelligent fire detection. SWIFT Wireless devices are similar in appearance to corresponding intelligent FlashScan wired devices, and have the capabilities of ONYX intelligent sensing. A robust SWIFT wireless mesh network uses a unique protocol with redundant supervised communication paths that is UL approved for Class A operation. The FWSG (FlashScan Wireless Gateway) provides the communication path between an ONYX series panel and SWIFT devices.
SWIFT Wireless Vail Case Study
Background: From Austria to Canada and everywhere in between, the most talented skiers in the world descended upon Colorado’s Beaver Creek Mountain in February 2015. It was the third time that the prestigious International Ski Federation’s Alpine World Ski Championships was held in the Vail Valley, this time in the town of Avon. Only second to the Olympics, the World Championships is the largest gathering of ski racers in the world. As a result, organizers needed to set up a temporary facility to accommodate the countless TV and radio broadcasters scheduled to cover the races.
The facility, known as The International Broadcast Center, was constructed out of shipping containers—one per country. Broadcast and film-editing services were performed there nearly 24/7 during the two weeks of racing. Located on the very edge of the ski course was another temporary facility, called the VIP Building, for platinum ticket holders. Its walls were made of glass, allowing spectators to watch the races right outside the windows.
Challenge: Though not required by local code enforcement to install a fire alarm system within the temporary buildings, organizers decided to do so as a precaution. “They concluded it would be a good idea to have some form of fire protection in the buildings in case something happens, especially with all the electronics in the broadcasting facility,” said Tim Ward, NICET IV, general manager at Commercial Specialists of Western Colorado.
The structures would be taken down soon after the race, so organizers did not want to waste time pulling wires across the buildings to support the ﬁre alarm system’s assorted ﬁeld devices. Coupled with a tight deadline for installation and tear-down, it made sense to turn to wireless smoke detectors.
“Because of the ease of installation, it was just the perfect solution to go wireless,” said Joe Quinn, service manager at Commercial Specialists of Western Colorado. “By running a wireless system, we knew it would be beneﬁcial because all we would have to do is place our bases and do the programming.”
Saving time was imperative; however, the amount of labor and materials costs eliminated with the wireless system turned out to be signiﬁcant.
Result: Tim said he’s worked with other wireless systems, but has never seen such reliability before. SWIFT is designed to provide maximum reliability. The SWIFT system’s proprietary protocol uses supervised, redundant communication paths to ensure that event data reaches the ﬁre alarm control panel. Signal strength for each communication link is evaluated, and the initial system setup automatically incorporates a safe margin to ensure that routine variations in the environment will not disrupt communication.
In a Class A mesh network such as the one used by SWIFT, each smoke detector and monitor module creates its own communication structure. That means communication goes from point A to point B through any number of these devices, creating redundant communication paths. With multiple paths to employ, the system’s reliability is maximized; if one communication path is blocked, a system will use redundant pre-conﬁgured paths, or even establish new paths to insure that all transmissions reach the ﬁre alarm control panel.
For facilities with existing NOTIFIER systems planning to grow, the SWIFT detectors offer an easy solution for protecting the new space. NOTIFIER’s ONYX Series systems work with any combination of wired and wireless (SWIFT) devices.
“The expandability of the system is a huge beneﬁt,” Tim said. “You can keep adding on as big or small as you want to ﬁt your application.”
Beyond reliability, speed of installation, cost savings and aesthetic appeal, SWIFT can really beneﬁt those facilities where the installation of wires is nearly impossible. To avoid drilling and running wire through concrete, decorative ceilings, historically signiﬁcant structures and even areas where asbestos is present, the use of Smart Wireless Integrated Fire Technology just makes sense.